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Update: gPhone Facts Announced

Nov 05, 2007, 17:09 (2 Talkback[s])

It's Official: Google Announces Open-Source Mobile Phone OS, Android

"The Google Phone has arrived, sort of, but not in the long-rumored embodiment that many had expected. Google announced this morning that it has developed a new mobile OS called 'Android'--a result of its acquisition of a mobile software company of the same name in 2005--that will allow the company to get Google's mobile apps into as many hands as possible starting in mid-2008. Android is Linux-based and open source, and will be made available to handset manufacturers for free under the Apache license.

"Google's handset partners upon launch will include Motorola, HTC, Samsung, and LG, confirming many of the recent rumors that Google would not be developing the hardware on its own..."

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Rumors from earlier in the day/this weekend:

USA Today: Google Enlists Help for Google Phone

"Google today plans to announce the formation of an 'open phone' coalition, with the goal of developing an operating system for the so-called Google Phone.

"The new operating system, geared specifically for cellphones, will be used to showcase and promote Google's ever-growing panoply of services, much like Microsoft has done for decades with its Windows operating system..."

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The Wall Street Journal: Ring-Ring... Google to Announce Phone Plans Monday

"The U.S. carriers likely to be part of the announcement are T-Mobile and Sprint, according to our sources, but there could be others by the time Google says its piece. While Sprint appears to be agreeing to work with Google to put the Web giant's new Linux-based open operating system into phones, T-Mobile will probably go even further: the company has worked with Google for months on plans to build Google-powered phones with a variety of Google software and applications. As far as handset partners for Google, Taiwan's HTC is a likely bet, our sources say. Samsung, LG, and SonyEricsson are also possible, but we'll wait and see the full roster. Equally interesting will be who isn't on the list..."

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CNET News: Google to Unveil 'Android' Phone Software

"The company is expected to hold a press conference on Monday to unveil the project, which is expected to incorporate software from the Linux world into a mobile platform code-named Android that's designed to run on phones, according to sources familiar with Google's plans. A software development kit for what's being called 'a complete mobile-phone software stack' is believed to be in the works and will be released relatively soon thereafter, the sources said. It's not exactly clear what kind of software will come as part of that stack, but it's said to include everything you need to run a phone..."

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